Republished from May 21, 2009 National Chassis Blog — Transportation secretary Ray LaHood spoke to journalists today about the possiblity of increasing the 18.5 cent gas tax. Many have proposed raising it by 10 cents to help raise funds for the Highway Trust Fund. Mr. LaHood stated, “With the economy the way it is right now, trying to propose a 10-cent-a-gallon increase in the gasoline tax is not going to fly anywhere in America, including Washington, D.C.” He has made it clear that the Obama administration is not interested in a fuel tax increase, but wants to see new ideas emerge about how to generate revenue. Some other proposals are allowing states more freedom to increase toll roads and private sector partnerships. What are your thoughts?